Human Dignity as the GrundNorm



Brown skin,

Black skin,

White skin,

But red blood.


Same brains,

Same currency,

Same buses,

But different rights?


He donated ‘black’ blood,

It saved a ‘white’ life

The black blood did not choose; it did not discriminate

It blended with the ‘white’ blood


Little babies in playing parks

They know not black, brown nor white

They see babies

They see playmates


But we poison them

Teach them to discriminate and hate

Someday a generation will rise

That will only know human with dignity as the Grundnorm


Poem written by Nyameino Douglas Onyari, an intern at the WYA Africa regional office.